Our first relay championship of the day, the 4×800 relay for girls. The fastest qualifying time is 9:01 by Manchester of Jamaica, although we expect the winning time to eclipse 9:00.

1st exchange – Holmwood Tech (Jamaica), Edwin Allen (Jamaica), Eleanor Roosevelt (MD)

Eleanor Roosevelt, the defending champion, has moved into second behind Edwin Allen at the 2nd exchange.

Eleanor Roosevelt and Edwin Allen are pulling away from Holmwood on the 3rd leg.

An excellent last 100 meters by Holmwood pulls them back into the race. All three teams are in the hunt going into the last leg.

A tremendous finish ! Quite possibly the best 4×800 ever at the meet.

Holmwood Tech 8:41.92 2nd fastest ever
Eleanor Roosevelt 8:43.12 3rd fastest ever
Edwin Allen 8:44.75 6th fastest ever

Eleanor Roosevelt of Maryland has set a new US National High School Record, becoming the first team ever to break 8:50. Old record 8:50.41 by Brooklyn Boys & Girls set at the 2002 Penn Relays.

This is one of those rare, but remarkable occurances we occasionally have at the Penn Relays where a team will set a US record but not even win the race. The record here at the meet is the famous 8:37.71 by Vere Tech of Jamaica, anchored by Inez Turner in 2:03.2.

Splits are now available on the official results site. BIll Cosby (below left), longtime friend of the Relays, presented the winners with their trophy.